E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey series has claimed five spots on Apple's iBooks 2015 best-selling fiction chart while Jeffrey Archer has claimed four spots and Lee Child has two.
Grey (Arrow), the retelling of the first Fifty Shades book from the point of view of Christian Grey, was the number one best-selling book on the UK iBooks Platform in 2015. Fifty Shades of Grey (Arrow), Fifty Shades Darker (Arrow) and Fifty Shades Freed (Arrow) claimed the third, fourth and fifth places in the chart respectively, with the Fifty Shades Trilogy bundle containing all three books the ninth best-selling in the Top 20 chart.
Archer’s Mightier than the Sword and The Sins of the Father (both Pan Macmillan) were the 12th and 13th best-selling fiction books respectively while Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish For came in 17th place and Best Kept Secret in 18th Place. Child’s latest instalments in the Jack Reacher series Make Me (Batham Press) and Personal (Batham Press) claimed the 15th and 20th spots respectively.
WH Smith's 'Book of the Year', The Girl on the Train (Doubleday) by Paula Hawkins is the second best-selling fiction book on the iBooks chart, while Gone Girl (W&N) by Gillian Flynn came in seventh place.
The top two best-selling non-fiction books have been bolstered by Oscar-nominated film adaptations with American Sniper (William Morrow) by Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice and Chris Kyle in first place and Wild (Atlantic) by Cheryl Strayed in second place. Bradley Cooper played the lead role in "American Sniper" which was released in 2014 and Reese Witherspoon starred in "Wild" earlier this year. Other film tie-ins The Wolf of Wall Street (Two Roads) by Jordan Belfort came in 11th place and Twelve Years a Slave (William Collins) by Solomon Northup was in the 19th spot.
Celebrity biographies sold well on the Apple platform this year with ME ME ME (Headline) by Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby in fifth place on the chart, Guy Martin: My Autobiography (Virgin) by motorcycle racer Guy Martin in eighth place and footballer Steven Gerrard’s My Story (Penguin) in 16th place.
Meanwhile self-published authors dominated the free book chart including Silence by Natasha Preston which was the third most-popular title, The New Girl by Tracie Puckett which was the fourth, If I Break by Portia Moore in sixth place and The Game by Terry Schott which came in eighth place.
Classic books were also popular this year in the free book chart of the Apple platform with F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby coming in fourth place, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in seventh place, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll eighth place and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens in 12th position.
Apple's "editorial picks" for 2015 meanwhile in fiction is Hanya Hanagihara’s A Little Life and in non-fiction is Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive. The best young adult book according to the company's editorial staff is Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It, while the best debut is The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma.